Jan. 17, 2010
Box Score |
Wisconsin vs. Illinois
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Wisconsin Head Coach Lisa Stone
On Wisconsin’s win at home: “This was a very important win. When you’re coming off a win on the road against Michigan State, who in my opinion is probably the most physical team in the Big Ten, and then come home against one of the best teams in the Big Ten, Illinois is very talented. We knew at half time it was a game where Illinois is capable of coming back at any time. They are athletic. They spread you out; they go inside or drive it.
On free throw shooting: We were starting to foul late in the game and put them at the line and they put us at the line too. I thought Tara Steinbauer did a really nice job in terms of finding ways to get to the line. She was 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She had a career high today.
On the team’s performance: Not turning the ball over and limiting our opponent’s scoring opportunity are two very important things. We did that today. We also took good shots, took care of the ball, played good defense and rebounded well. We need to add one more category in there and that’s making free throws. It’s something that we do every day and we have a very good free throw shooting team. It sometimes doesn’t always look like it but I’m convinced that if we keep getting to the line, good things are going to happen to us.
On Tara Steinbauer: Tara had a big day today, I’m really proud of her. She has worked very, very hard and stayed patient and positive. She was 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She had a career high today and really got on the glass and came up with some big boards for us.
On the team: I am proud of our players, they are very level headed, they are getting to a position right now where we just need to keep doing what we are doing, keep getting better and keep playing defense and keep playing team offense. It’s a really good group of young women and they are not celebrating, this is something that we are on a mission to do and I am really proud of them.
Illinois Head Coach Jolette Law:
On how to team reacts to having an injured player…
“I have a team of 13 and have confidence that we can get the job done. My guards are stepping up. Karisma Penn played extremely well down the stretch.”
On their turnovers…
“They capitalized on our turnovers. The stat that sticks out the most to me is the offense off turnovers. Wisconsin had 18 (points) and that was the difference in the ballgame.”
On the Badgers’ defense…
“Defensively, we knew they were going to double. The officials were allowing them to play a little physical. I thought at times we were getting displaced, but they played extremely well. I give a lot of credit to them. We knew what to expect and that they would double in on the post. We knew they were going to be aggressive with our guards. It was pretty much similar to the game two weeks ago. We just didn’t hit some shots and had some turnovers and again they capitalized.”
On playing only six players for the game…
“I went with who I felt comfortable handling the pressure. The kids I had in there that played as much as they did I felt could handle the pressure so that’s why I shorted it.”
On Adrienne GodBold…
“Each day she is getting better and better. She is starting to really understand what we are looking for and she is understanding the offenses and is attacking. And like I said, each day she is getting better and better.”